Published: Dec 04, 2012 6:02 PM EST
Updated: Dec 04, 2012 6:07 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A postal worker warned a customer of a scam as he was in the process of shipping a package to a thief.

Marco Lopez thought he had sold a pair of his mothers snake skin shoes on Craigslist.

He claims the buyer sent him emails from PayPal confirming the purchase and requesting the shoes be sent as a gift to Nigeria, Africa.

When Lopez brought the package to his local USPS counter, he claims the clerk noticed the packages destination and warned him of recent online scams.

When the seller called PayPal just before paying for shipment, he was told the order was fake and part of an online phishing scam.

Lee county deputies say they've seen a spike in scams since the Thanksgiving holiday.

Lopez credits that employee with saving him $60 in shipping charges, as well as the shoes which are listed for $300.